|Best Dry Braking:||Continental SportContact 7|
|Best Dry Handling:||Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R|
|Best Wet Braking:||Continental SportContact 7|
|Best Wet Handling:||Bridgestone Potenza Sport|
|Best Wet Circle:||Bridgestone Potenza Sport|
|Best Straight Aqua:||Michelin Pilot Sport 4|
|Best Curved Aquaplaning:||Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z K129|
|Best Noise:||Pirelli P Zero PZ4|
|Best Price:||Falken Azenis FK510|
|Best Rolling Resistance:||Continental SportContact 7|
As the Tire Reviews database doesn't yet have the ability to deal with different types of tires in the same test gracefully, we'll run over the results below before presenting all the data.
Sport Auto classify the new Continental SportContact 7 as a UHP tire, not a UUHP tire, putting it against the Michelin Pilot Sport 4, not the 4S (which was also missing from this test.) After testing the SportContact 7 in our own UUHP test we're not sure we agree with the category, but we do agree with the result - the Continental SportContact 7 convincingly won the category with a huge advantage in wet braking, but also leading the way in dry braking and dry handling. The SportContact 7 was almost as fast around the handling track as the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2... further evidence it might be more suited to the UUHP category!
The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 placed second, with Sport Auto finding it to have direct and precise steering in the dry, not something we've found before, and Pirelli and Falken rounded out the group with the P Zero PZ4 and FK510.
The UUHP category was led by the Bridgestone Potenza Sport, with the tester noting the tires felt great but needed a lot of temperature to warm up, something we have noticed in our own testing! The new Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z placed second with low noise and good wet handling, and the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport finished in third place, with Sport Auto saying the car and tire combination didn't work well.
Nankang AR-1 won the track group on points, but looking at the data the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (N rated) was the star of dry handling, which is where you want a track tire to excel! The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect couldn't match the other two in dry grip, but did have a significant advantage in the wet, highlighting that this is a track tire with more usability in the real world.
Continental led the group in dry braking, with the Nankang AR-1 scoring surprisingly well! We can only assume the tires got a little heat into them during braking, even if the other track tires finished in the last two places.
Fortunately for the track tires, dry handling does add a lot of temperature, and Sport Auto adjusted the pressures to 2.4/2.0 bar once hot. Sadly they give their lap data in average speed, not time, however it was written in the article that the track tires were on average three seconds a lap faster than the average UUHP tire. This was tested at Michelins proving ground in France, which means it would be approximately a 70 second lap in the Hyundia I30N test vehicle.
Continental once again led wet braking, with the UHP Michelin Pilot Sport 4 and Falken FK510, and UUHP Bridgestone Potenza Sport the next group of tires.
Bridgestone was fastest in wet handling, narrowly beating the UHP Pirelli P Zero. Unsurprisingly the track tires struggled, with the Nankang AR1 having a lot of issues with aquaplaning.
Wet circle closely mirrored wet handling.
The two aquaplaning tests really highlighted how much the track tires struggled in deeper water.
Pirelli had the quietest tire on test.
The Continental SportContact 7 proved you can be good in the wet AND have low rolling resistance, a blend of qualities that's usually difficult to achieve!
The track tires were the most expensive on test, which given the lowest starting tread depth (see below) shows just how expensive track days can be!
Reminder, the tires are grouped as UHP, UUHP and Track, meaning the actual results are:
UHP - Continental Sportcontact 7, Michelin Pilot Sport 4, Pirelli P Zero PZ4, Falken Azenis FK510
UUHP - Bridgestone Potenza Sport, Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Z, Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
Track - Nankang AR-1, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (N0), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (Connect)
Outstanding braking in wet and dry conditions at everyday road and tire temperatures. Despite small limitations in the sports rating very balanced.
Small deficits in longitudinal aquaplaning and ride comfort.
Outstanding safety reserves in everyday life.
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1st: Nankang AR 1
Race tire typical, rather soft turn in, high level of grip dependant on temperature, understeer balance which is easy to control.
Critical handling and high aquaplaning in the wet, very loud noise and vibrations.
The slick like Nankang AR-1 is top on track, but nothing for the street, and loud as hell.
Outstanding and safe cornering dynamics on wet and dry routes, combined with surprisingly good aquaplaning prevention. High steering agility and precision.
For every day relevant driving, only moderate braking and grip in the wet and dry.
Precise and uncompromisingly sporty – only safe to drive when the tires are warm.
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Very precise steering behavior with a high level of lateral support, Wide, confidence-inspiring threshold range, neutral to slightly understeering balance, easily calculable load change reaction, strong traction.
Harder to control in the wet, longer braking distances in the dry, needs temperature to work.
The Porsche OE is a perfect match for the Hyundai test vehicle.
With the exception of the longer braking distances, very safe to drive in the wet thanks to very good aquaplaning precautions. Dynamically sporty, but still not very confidence inspiring handling characteristics.
Poor braking performance, especially in the wet. Only moderate directional stability when braking hard in the dry.
Inexpensive everyday athlete with only small deficits.
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Very spontaneous, direct, precise and dynamic on dry roads while still being safe in the wet. Fulfills sporting demands.
Limited in the wet, subjectively quite sensitive to puddles, low self damping.
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With the exception of the longer braking distances and a certain sensitivity to load changes, still balanced performance in the wet. In the dry, the car and tire doesn't work well together.
Weak braking performance in the everyday temperature range, here also stability deficits during quick evasive manoeuvres. Sensitive to load changes in the wet.
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3rd: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
Despite longer baking distances,s thanks to the good handling, neater cornering and very neutral balance. Sporty, safe, fast.
Longer braking distances in the wet, limited cornering strength.
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Astonishingly high wet grip potential for a cup tire, but with a very narrow limit range. High precision and very confidence inspiring drivability in the sporty, dynamic speed range.
Longer braking distances in every day temperature ranges, pronounced sensitivity to load changes and severe oversteer in the wet, poor comfort.
Easily manageable track tires.
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4th: Falken Azenis FK510
Short braking and safe and easy to control in the wet.
ess sporty and very sluggish in the dry, low steering precision.
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